2024 Mini Cooper

minicar / 2-door hatchback

2024 Mini Cooper 2-door hatchback
2016 Mini Cooper shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Side: original test

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2014-24 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Mini Cooper 2-door

The Mini Cooper was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by BMW (manufacturer of the Mini) as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1322
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1322
Head
HIC-15 138
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.7
Femur force - right (kN) 1.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.39
Maximum tibia index - right 0.43
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 97
Right 92

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side: original test

Rating applies to 2016-24 models built after November 2015

Tested vehicle: 2016 Mini Cooper 2-door

The Mini Cooper was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Beginning with 2016 models built after November 2015, the side curtain airbags were modified to improve rear seat occupant protection in side impact crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with door removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared red and yellow greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag. During rebound, the dummy's head and torso slid out from the shoulder belt and moved across the seat, but this motion does not cause any significant risk of injury.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1605
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -21.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1605
Head HIC-15 280
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.27
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 117
A-P moment (Nm) -36

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1605
Head HIC-15 543
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 50
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.58
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.60
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 284
A-P moment (Nm) -111

How the side crash test is conducted

Headlights

Trim level(s)

  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and fair on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the sharp right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019-24 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 102.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 58.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.6 m 34.8%
250m radius left curve, right edge 60.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.6 m 46.0%
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 104.0 m
Straightaway left edge 91.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.4 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 74.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 57.5 m

How headlights are evaluated